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Meet famous authors online with Wokingham Borough Libraries

Meet famous authors online with Wokingham Borough Libraries

08 April 2021
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Wokingham Borough Libraries is thrilled to deliver a series of fascinating online events, meeting famous authors and hearing the exclusive behind-the-scenes of their latest books.


The upcoming sessions are funded by the BBC Novels That Shaped Our World project, and supported by Libraries Connected and Arts Council England. The goal is to increase universal engagement with reading, to inspire people who are not regular readers to pick up a book and to tempt existing readers to try something new.


During the Covid-19 pandemic, libraries across the borough have adapted their usual programme and invited readers to their computer screens at home. The virtual offer helps to combat isolation and provides an escape into the captivating world of books and literature.


“The Authors Online is already a much-loved initiative by residents of Wokingham Borough, and I’m delighted that our dedicated library staff sourced such a great line-up for the events this spring,” said Richard Alexander, operational resource lead for localities. “This temporary shift to a digital library model means that services are able to continue and reach more people, without compromising on safety and following all Covid-19 guidelines. I wholeheartedly invite all book enthusiasts to the sessions in hope that you tune in and enjoy the talks.”


What’s on

  • 13 April, 6.30pm - wonderfully talented thriller local author Jenny Quintana will present her new book The Hiding Place, as well as her influences, processes and what is it like to write thrillers
  • 13 May, 7pm - the master of suspense Simon Brett will talk about his career as a crime writer and his latest novel Blotto, Twinks and the Maharaja’s Jewell
  • 21 June, 7pm – the exciting new author of The Watermelon Boys, Ruqaya Izzidien will speak about her life and career as a writer

Places need to be reserved in advance and can be booked by emailing libraries@wokingham.gov.uk. To receive all the latest news and updates, subscribe to Wokingham Borough Connect – a newsletter which lands directly in your email inbox. 

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